I use Windows XP x64. My pc is about 12 years old. I'm not sure if JAVA was ever needed on it but JAVA 8 Update 161 is installed. I use my pc to watch .avi videos that are stored in my pc and to go on line for email, Amazon, Twitter, etc. I get notifications from JAVA that updates are available. Do I need it for the uses I mentioned? Can I uninstall it without it causing Windows, videos or the internet to have problems running or do I need to keep updating it?
JAVA on Windows XP X64 (Resolved).
Posted 25 April 2018 - 03:28 AM
The use of Java has only been recommended on a "needs must" basis for years for various security reasons and the advice to users most often has been enable and disable it as and when required and always make sure that you have the latest version if you really must use it, as you are running XP you have the additional problem of XP no longer being supported by Microsoft and this means that any third party software that you may use such as Java may have vulnerabilities that can be more easily exploited by the online bad guys, Java actually advise that Java 8 may not install correctly on XP machines and if by chance it does they do not guarantee that it will run properly, see info here and here
I would suggest that you create a new system restore point, uninstall Java and test, any problems with the software that you presently use not being able to run install an older version of Java such as 7, if everything runs ok without Java, leave it uninstalled.
Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:20 AM
Thanks very much. I heard that it has vulnerabilities. I don't know if my pc ever uses it or why it would so I thought I'd ask.
I'll let you know how things work out.
Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:52 AM
Sensible thing to do if you are unsure
From what you use the computer for I can`t really see that you will need Java, it may depend on what browser you are using being that you are running XP.
You are welcome btw
Posted 25 April 2018 - 07:59 PM
I've removed Java and haven't had any problems on line (Firefox), opening files or programs all day. I'm happy to be rid of it. Thanks very much!
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